One Spark: Starting, Building & Scaling New Ideas In Jacksonville

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A couple friends of mine started this movement and I’m very intrigued. These people hold weight and follow through well, so I can see some positive things coming our way from One Spark.

One Spark is a faction of innovators focused on encouraging idea generation and disruptive thinking in Jacksonville, FL. Learn more about One Spark at beonespark.com.

If you want to learn, One Spark will hosting a very informal Q&A on Wednesday, June 1st from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the atrium at 5 West Forsyth Street. Stay tuned to the movement on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ride the Riverside Trolley Until Midnight for the November ArtWalk

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I’m happy to announce in association with Wingard Creative, Black Sheep Restaurant Group (Orsay/Chew), RAP and of course JTA the Riverside Trolley will run until Midnight on Wednesday November 3rd. This will be ArtWalk’s 7th birthday and we’re bringing this awesome present!

This is a trial run and if successful it’s something we could see more of for ArtWalk. Please find a way to ride the trolley on November 3rd. The more people we have, the better, as we’re trying to reach a very modest goal. If you’re unsure how to ride the trolley, this simple instructional video will show you everything you need, compliments of Wingard Creative. Tony Allegretti says so far, so good and this:

The trolley is just $1 each way, and sure, its just a bus that looks like a trolley, BUT, think about how awesome it will be to not have to deal with parking and traffic. Leave the driving to JTA!

The trolley will run at 35 minute intervals and we are working on getting a map with all stops. Come back and get updates!

If that wasn’t enough, the November ArtWalk is also the Movember ArtWalk in honor of beards and men’s health. There will be an art show at the 229 Hogan Street Studio. I (DJ ‘Mo) will be DJing with with DJ Debo on the 1′s and 0′s. So definitely make it out for that.

More about Movember

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

AIGA’s Always Summer Poster Show

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Always Summer Poster Show and Membership Drive 2010

Always the event of the Summer, AIGA is once again hosting it’s annual poster show and membership drive this Saturday. Dennis Eusebio of Thought & Theory and I will be DJing, taking the songs that inspired the posters and blending them into the night.

Always Summer is a celebration of design excellence and Northeast Florida’s creative community. Artists of all disciplines submit a work created in any medium provided the entry is translated into poster form. The show features inspired creativity, illustration, sound typography and well-executed design within a laid-back atmosphere.

AIGA Jacksonville’s Always Summer 2010 will be the perfect place to enjoy hot design, cold beverages, and good company – a winning summer combination.

WHEN? 9.25.10 @ 7:00pm
WHERE? 111 East Bay Street (Above The Ivy) directions
COST? $10 AIGA Members, $15 Non-member (Save $5 by registering online – Free for designers that submit a poster)

Posters from last years event


Spencer Miller’s poster from last year’s Always Summer event


Blake Coglianese’s poster from last year’s Always Summer event


One of AIGA Jacksonville President Varick Rosete’s posters from last year’s Always Summer event


Levi Ratliff’s poster from last year’s Always Summer event


Karen Kurycki’s poster from last year’s Always Summer Membership Event

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Urban Jacksonville Weekly Transforms! Haikus and MeshMags and Gatos Oh Man

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This week we have an action packed post with 3, count them, 3 episodes of Urban Jacksonville weekly. These back episodes are gems in their own right and should lovingly caress your ears as you go throughout the week waiting for the next Friday edition.

Supporting Transformations

All this month we are supporting the Transformations event which will be taking place on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. It’s a night of inspiration stories from people whose lives have been changed forever by the Sulzbacher Center’s comprehensive programs and community partnerships.
There will be live music, great food and drink, and a silent auction.

Buy tickets online for this event

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  • Episode 74: Haiku Birdie!
  • Episode 75: Dos Gatos
  • Episode 76: Mesh Magazine
  • Episode 78: Lunch Show!

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JTA Unveils New Bus Shelter Design Downtown

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JTA Unveils New Bus Shelter Design Downtown

I grabbed a few pics of the new JTA bus shelter being unveiled today. What are your thoughts? I’m reserving judgment for a bit. If you want to see them, get down to Bay and Main in Downtown Jacksonville. There’s also a media event this morning at 10am.

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  • Unveiling of JTA’s first new downtown bus shelters
  • Wednesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. JTA representatives will be onsite until 11
    a.m. to answer questions.
  • Northeast corner of Bay and Main streets

In partnership with the Downtown Development Review Board, the new shelters were designed to reflect the character of the Downtown area and to support JTA’s green initiatives. Special features of the shelters include solar lighting, mesh walls for better air circulation, new trash receptacles, bike racks and maps of the entire JTA system.

The paint used on the shelters consists of low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which minimizes the negative effects paint can have on air quality. Some of the shelters also incorporate panels that can accommodate advertising.

P1000801JTA Unveils New Bus Shelter Design Downtown

This is the first of 24 new shelters to be installed downtown with 50 additional shelters coming online throughout the JTA service area.

Another phase of the Downtown shelter project will be the placement of 30 shelters for bus rapid transit along the BRT alignment in Downtown scheduled for completion in late 2012.

Riverside Trolley To Be Extended, Weekend Hours and Avondale Stops Likely

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Revised trolley route pushes into Avondale
Revised RIverside trolley route pushes into Avondale, extends hours to weekends.

In the middle of yesterday’s push to build support for the Riverside Trolley once funding ends in September, I began hearing the trolley will be extended and not sent to the corner with our other tried transit ideas.

Metro Jacksonville is saying the trolley will now push into Avondale and service will be extended to weekends, they have an article scheduled to run tomorrow with all the updated information.

We still need to push for support so I encourage everyone to come out to the public meetings this Friday at JTA offices downtown to show love for our little fixed rail gateway drug, the Riverside Trolley.

I’ve set up a Facebook event to Get Jacksonville Back on Tracks which has all the details of Friday’s public meeting. If you can’t make it you can always show your love for the trolley online with a few choice comments.

Friday · 11:00am – 1:00pm
JTA Offices Downtown
100 N Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL

Friday July 23rd from 11am to 1pm the Jacksonville Transit Authority will host a public hearing to present proposed changes to the transit system (including Riverside Trolley) that go into effect September 6, 2010. Support for the proposed Riverside Trolley service is critical to its continued success.

Andrew Jackson and New Look for Laura Street

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Andrew Jackson Statue Moves to Laura Street

This weekend I noticed the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson had moved from his previous home in front of The Landing to his new home, err in front of The Landing. He now sits about 1 block to the east, right in the middle of the new Laura Street roundabout. While it’s silly to “review” the placement of a statue, I do have some thoughts on it.

I think the move is an great idea and it will receive a lot of praise. Visually, it looks pretty impressive. I approached from West Water Street so I haven’t seen it approaching from Laura Street, but I plan on checking that view out on my ride to work this morning.

The new statue placement reminds me of being in a more urban, dense city and I Iike it. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but I feel like it’s a statue placement you might see in that city or maybe Washington D.C.

I love the fact that the city moved it from a grassy knoll that was set off the street, a very suburban minded placement, to be featured in the middle of the street. You get a sense of arriving at a place of note.

Andrew Jackson Statue Moves to Laura Street

Driving in the roundabout

It took just over 8 hours to dislodge the statue from it’s old pedestal. It might take you half that many hours just to make it around the statue. The cobblestones are so rough and bumpy, you really have to slow down once you’re in there.

This was no doubt a design feature and one I and many pedestrians will come to appreciate as traffic slows to less than 5 mph at the end of Laura Street, really increasing the walkability of the area.

I don’t see this causing traffic issues. The only issue I do see is Laura Street is only one way. The roundabout might lead some drivers to think they can exit the roundabout onto Laura Street into one way traffic. This is something that will be changing. But for now some signage should help with any confusion.

More about Roundabouts

A roundabout is a type of circular junction in which road traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Signs usually direct traffic entering the circle to slow down and give the right of way to drivers already in the circle.

Statistically, roundabouts are safer for drivers and pedestrians than both traffic circles and traditional intersections.[4] Because low speeds are required for traffic entering roundabouts they are not designed for high-speed motorways (expressways).

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